America's Best Horses for March 29

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Known Agenda (center, dark green jockey cap and silks, black blinkers) takes command at the top of the stretch en route to a win in the Florida Derby on March 27. (Tim Sullivan/Coglianese Photo)

Each week members of the media around the country vote on the nation's top contenders on the Triple Crown trail in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. The poll will run weekly through June 5. Find out the latest 2021 top 3-year-old rankings below.


AMERICA’S TOP THOROUGHBREDS FOR MARCH 29, 2021

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1. Essential Quality (31 first-place votes)

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Luis Saez

2021 record: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Southwest Stakes, Feb. 27 at Oaklawn Park

Next race: Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, April 3 at Keeneland Race Course


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2. Concert Tour (6 first-place votes)

Owners: Gary and Mary West

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2021 record: 3 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Rebel Stakes, March 13 at Oaklawn Park

Next race: Arkansas Derby, April 10 at Oaklawn Park


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3. Hot Rod Charlie

Owners: Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing and William Strauss

Trainer: Leandro Mora

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2021 record: 2 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby, March 20 at Fair Grounds

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 1 at Churchill Downs 


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4. Known Agenda

Owner: St. Elias Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2021 record: 3 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st,  Curlin Florida Derby Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Farms at Xalapa, March 27 at Gulfstream Park

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 1 at Churchill Downs 


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5. Medina Spirit

Owner: Zedan Racing Stables

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Abel Cedillo

2021 record: 3 starts – 1 win – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, San Felipe Stakes, March 6 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: Runhappy Santa Anita Derby, April 3 at Santa Anita Park


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6. Greatest Honour 

Owner: Courtlandt Farms

Trainer: Shug McGaughey

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2021 record: 3 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 3rd, Curlin Florida Derby Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Farms at Xalapa, March 27 at Gulfstream Park

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 1 at Churchill Downs 


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7. Risk Taking

Owner: Klaravich Stables

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Eric Cancel

2021 record: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Withers Stakes, Feb. 6 at Aqueduct

Next race: Wood Memorial Stakes, April 3 at Aqueduct


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8. Life Is Good (1 first-place vote)

Owners: WinStar Farm and CHC

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

2021 record: 2 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, San Felipe Stakes, March 6 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: TBD, sidelined due to injury


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9. Midnight Bourbon

Owners: Winchell Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Joe Talamo

2021 record: 3 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 2nd, Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby, March 20 at Fair Grounds

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 1 at Churchill Downs 


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10. Helium 

Owner: D. J. Stable

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Jose Ferrer

2021 record: 1 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, March 6 at Tampa Bay Downs

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 1 at Churchill Downs 

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